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YouTube TV is Coming to 4 New Markets

Well it seems that YouTube TV is coming to some new markets soon. Since launch YouTube TV has only been available in a few markets around the United States. Now it seems that they are adding 4 new markets to that list.

Today it was announced that Sinclair and YouTube TV have come to a agreement to allow 4 Sinclair owned CBS affiliates to stream on YouTube TV. Sinclair now owns CBS affiliates in 24 markets but only struck a deal for 4 of them.

“We believe that the network-affiliate model provides great benefits to both parties and are pleased to have the value of this symbiotic relationship continued to be reflected in our relationship,” said Barry Faber, Sinclair’s executive VP for distribution and network relations. This deal also renews rights to allow these stations to stream on CBS All Access.

“We are pleased we have reached this agreement with our longtime and valued partner, Sinclair,” said Ray Hopkins, president of network distribution for the CBS Television Network. “In renewing this deal, it is clear that Sinclair recognizes the value that the most watched Network’s popular programming brings to the viewers in each market and to their business as a whole.”

These new markets are: KUTV Salt Lake City, KEYE Austin, Texas, WSBT South Bend, Ind., and WGFL Gainesville, Fl. No date has been set for when YouTube TV will launch in these markets. From the way the announcment was made it sounds like YouTube is just now getting rights in these markets. So it could be a few more months before YouTube expands into towns like Austin, Salt Lake City, South Bend, and Gainesville.

Source: B&C

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16 Responses to YouTube TV is Coming to 4 New Markets

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    Sunny Rain June 12, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    YouTube doesn’t launch into any market until they have rights to live-stream all 4 networks. So, this will only happen if they get rights to ABC, Fox and NBC in those markets as well. They could change their strategy or reduce it to 3 networks but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

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      Bill Eastman June 12, 2017 at 10:55 am #

      In Austin, KTBC is FOX owned and operated. That just leaves ABC and NBC. KVUE (ABC) is Tegna owned and KXAN (NBC) is owned by Nexstar Media Group.

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        Sunny Rain June 12, 2017 at 11:27 am #

        We’re going to see a big jump in September once they implement all the NBC and ABC deals announced under the umbrella affiliate licensing.

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          mnsportsgeek June 12, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

          Is September just a guess or do you know that is the timeline?

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            Sunny Rain June 13, 2017 at 9:12 am #

            September is an educated guess. It’s the beginning of the new TV season and it gives them enough time to get everything ready

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    Bill Eastman June 12, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    How long is YoutubeTV trial? Is it still only mobile devices? Until it is available on streaming boxes to TV, I’m not even looking at it. It’s going to be hard to beat $35 Go Big since I’ve been with DIRECTV NOW since launch.

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      Sunny Rain June 12, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      30 days. But useless if you don’t live in a covered market or if you find AirPlay and Chromecast inconvenient.

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        Bill Eastman June 12, 2017 at 10:59 am #

        Don’t want chromecast. Locals are really no big deal because I have them with Tablo and can watch rven if out of city, state, or country as long as I have internet. DIRECTV NOW and others don’t do that and they might even black out sports on mobile devices.

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          HiroRoshi June 12, 2017 at 11:01 am #

          YTTV said they’ll eventually support the major streaming devices as they expand. It’s still essentially pretty early beta.

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    HiroRoshi June 12, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    Google Fiber implied they’ll eventually replace Google Fiber TV with YTTV when it matures so would expect all GFBR markets to get it unless available nationwide sooner than later. They already have local TV agreements in the rollout markets.

    They could dominate OTT streaming services when it matures in a couple years given fewer restrictions and including local TV.

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      mnsportsgeek June 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

      Their DVR is still a pretty large restriction.

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        HiroRoshi June 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

        Not compared to others. Unlimited DVR storage up to 9 month recordings. Can have 6 accounts on same plan, each with their own personal DVR. Can play DVR and LiveTV outside home.

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          mnsportsgeek June 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

          No ability to skip commercials on content which is On Demand is a big black eye. Not even an option to pay more for the ability.

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            HiroRoshi June 13, 2017 at 9:54 am #

            Yeah only for DVR that is also OnDemand, so a lot that can be skipped. Given the other features, that may not be a turnoff for many. But YTTV still has a ways to go to mature – more channels, more markets.

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            sonicdsl June 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

            BIG deal breaker for me, plus the lack of The CW. I know that’s an issue with them all though isn’t it? Does anyone have CW yet?

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    Richard smith June 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

    YouTube is still missing too many basic cable channels to be relevant.